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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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    • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
      Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
      Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015 Front Label
      Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
      Graham Beck Brut Rose
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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    • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2019  Front Label
      Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2019
      Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • Kanonkop Pinotage 2017 Front Label
        Kanonkop Pinotage 2017
        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • D90
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      • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
        Meerlust Rubicon 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
        • D93
        • WS90
        • RP90
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      • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
        • TA93
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        • WS90
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      • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
        Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Kanonkop Kadette 2018  Front Label
          Kanonkop Kadette 2018
          Other Red Blends from South Africa
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          • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
            Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
            • D91
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          • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
            MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019
            Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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            • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
              Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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              • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
                Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
                • WE90
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              • Jam Jar Sweet White 2018 Front Label
                Jam Jar Sweet White 2018
                Other White Blends from South Africa
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                • Beaumont Pinotage 2016  Front Label
                  Beaumont Pinotage 2016
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                • Braai Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                  Braai Pinotage 2018
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
                    Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Spice Route Chakalaka 2016  Front Label
                      Spice Route Chakalaka 2016
                      Other Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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                      • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
                        De Toren Fusion V 2017
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                          Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2018
                          Other Red Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                        • Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                          Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                          • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                            Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018
                            Chardonnay from South Africa
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                            • WW91
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                          • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                            Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
                            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                            • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                              Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017
                              Other Red Blends from South Africa
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